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SM 45/4/11


4 Copy of measured drawing of an unidentified palazzo from an Italian source


Ground floor plan, not fully drawn out


bar scale of Palmi


as above and dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, pricked for transfer on laid paper (Italian made) (402 x 502)


The unfinished (almost) square plan is symmetrically arranged around an arcaded courtyard and fronted by a seven-bay arcade with an entrance in the centre. Behind the arcade there are, on each side of the entrance hall, three compartments measuring 20:0 by 29 17/24 and 29 8/12 (sic). The building width is about 280 palmi though apparently labelled 235 Palmi; dimensions conform quite well to the scale though the fractions seem a little odd.Not related, for example, to Soane's measured drawings for the Palazzi Farnese, Pietro Massimi and Vidoni-Caffarelli (q.v.).



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